NEWS AND NEW PRODUCTS
Asia & Oceania
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide.
Hitachi Expands Elevator & Escalator Business in Vietnam Hitachi establishes 100% owned subsidiary for sales and services in Vietnam Hitachi, Ltd., announced that the company established Hitachi Elevator Vietnam Co., Ltd (“Hitachi Elevator Vietnam”), a wholly owned subsidiary whose main business is sales and services for elevators and escalators in Vietnam. Hitachi Elevator Vietnam will widely render full-services from sales to maintenances for elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks. In Vietnam, the demands of urban railway systems, hotels, office buildings and residential buildings have been increasing due to recent rapid growth of urban population. As a result, the demand for elevators and escalators that enable smooth transfer in these buildings is also expected to rise over 7% of annual growth rate. Hitachi received an order for 32 sets of elevators and 31 sets of escalators in 2015 for elevated station buildings of Urban Railway Line 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, which is the first urban railway system in Vietnam. Following this, the company has begun sales of a new machine-room-less elevator for Asia and the Middle East, which has been gradually released since September 2016. Hitachi, with this model, will enhance its market share of elevators and escalators in Vietnam.
Brazil & Latin America
Hitachi, with newly established Hitachi Elevator Vietnam, will provide high quality services to customers in Vietnam. The company expects to make a great contribution to the economic growth of the country by offering safe and comfortable living environments. www.hitachi.com
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands.
Bacardi Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half With sustainability, small steps add up; however, Bacardi has forged ahead with giant leaps. The largest privately held spirits company cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity, worldwide, in half—more than a year earlier than its end of December 2017 target. This astounding 50% reduction in GHGs is equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road each year, reducing oil use by 165,000 barrels annually or installing 18 wind turbines. Moving forward, Bacardi will set new targets in alignment with the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted in Paris (COP21) late last year, and supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. For Bacardi, this achievement comes as no surprise given the hundreds of energy reduction initiatives implemented globally at the company’s distilleries, bottling lines, visitor centers and offices. Bacardi realized this astonishing goal through systematic objectives laid out within its Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future global environmental sustainability platform, which reinforces the company’s years of leadership in corporate social responsibility. S8 | REFRINOTICIAS Magazine | DECEMBER 2016
From operations to improved energy efficiencies, every area was addressed, including lighting, motors, HVAC and compressed air systems. Further, continuous audits ensured real gains, which helped refine methods and accelerate the GHG reductions achieved. The original target date to accomplish the 50% reduction was December 31, 2017. Among the many energy-focused initiatives, the company focused on renewable electricity from wind turbines and heat recovery systems at operations sites. Additionally, new biomass boilers at the Tequila CAZADORES® facility, and ABERFELDY® and ROYAL BRACKLA® Scotch whisky distilleries reduce the amount of fuel needed for reliable, cleaner energy. Instead of oil, renewable organic material, such as wood pellets and chips, and agave fibers leftover from the production of the company’s premium brands is used as fuel for the biomass boilers. As a model of sustainability, the refurbished CAZADORES facility in Mexico is 100% biomass fueled, with 0% of its waste deposited in landfills—nothing goes to waste…not even the biomass boiler’s ashes, which are used to enrich the soil in the agave fields. www.bacardilimited.com
Published on Dec 1, 2016
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